Homeopathy treatment for Skin Infections: Boils, Folliculitis, and Carbuncles (See also Abscesses.)

Homeopathy Treatment

Homeopathy treatment for Skin Infections: Boils, Folliculitis, and Carbuncles  (See also Abscesses.)


Boils, folliculitis, and carbuncles are skin infections, usually associated with Staphylococcus aureus bacteria.


Folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicles with redness, tenderness, and swelling. Boils, also called furuncles, are more advanced skin infections which form a large eruption that discharges bloody pus. Boils are most common on the neck, face, breasts, and buttocks. Boils can be quite painful and especially tender to pressure. A collection of boils that forms One large infected area penetrating deeper into the tissue is called a carbuncle. Carbuncles are common at the base oi the neck. "They-may be a accompanied by fatigue and fever. They are slow to heal, slough off tissue with blood and pus, and can cause scarring.


Skin infections can lead to a serious systemic blood infection called septicemia. The symptoms of septicemia are a high fever and organ damage. Septicemia can be fatal. Red streaks extending from the infected area toward the heart are a red flag for septicemia and indicate a need for im- mediate medical attention.


How much inflammation and swelling is at the site of the infection?

Is there discoloration of the area? If so, what color?

Is it hard or soft?

Is it oozing pus (thick, cloudy) or serum (clear fluid)?

Are any lymph nodes swollen near the infection?

Are there any red streaks up the arms or legs?

How high is the fever, if any?


"I have terrible, burning pains in the infected area." Anthracinum or Arsenicum album

"I'm really worried that this boil will be fatal." Arsenicum album

"I can't stand for you to touch the boil." Hepar sulphuris

"This boil on my left leg came out when I discovered my wife was having

an affair. It's such an odd purple color." Lachesis

"I've been having more saliva and sweating morethan usual since I got this

infection." Mercurius

"I got this boil on my breast at the same time that I developed a dental abscess." Unless the areas are exquisitely tender, give Silica; if they are tender, consider Hepar sulphuris.


When did the infection start?

Is there pain? If so, describe it.

Are there any unusual sensations at the site of the infection?

What makes the symptoms feel better or worse?

Are there any mental or emotional symptoms?

Pointers for Finding the Homeopathic Medicine

For crusty, oozing, black eruptions, give Anthracinum.

·         For infections with small, red, ulcerated pimples and burning pains, consider Arsenicum album, especially if the person is nervous and restless.

·         If the person screams when you examine the infected area, give Hepar sulphuris.

·         If the infected area is bluish-purple and left-sided, consider Lachesis.

·         For infections with bad-smelling discharges and perspiration and bad breath, Mercurius is the first thought.

·         For infections due to an ingrown nail, think first of Silica.


·         Give three pellets of 30C every four hours until you see improvement.

·         If there is no improvement after three doses, give a different medicine.

·         After you first notice improvement, give another dose only if symptoms begin to return.

·         Lower potencies (6X, 6C, 30X) may need to be given more often (every two to four hours).

·         Higher potencies (200X, 200C, 1M) generally need to be given only once. Repeat only if symptoms return with intensity; administer only infrequently in this case.

What to Expect from Homeopathic Self-Care

Homeopathic medicines stimulate the body's defenses against infection, promoting rapid healing and resorption of the boil or carbuncle. Boils and carbuncles should improve within one to three days. If Silica is the indicated medicine, healing may take longer-up to seven to fourteen days. If the boil or carbuncle is not healing well or is very inflamed and painful after homeopathic treatment, it may need to be lanced with a sterile instrument. Seek medical attention if this procedure is needed.

Other Self-Care Suggestions

Hot, moist packs can be helpful for folliculitis and boils to bring the infection to a head.

·         An Echinacea and goldenseal combination (two dropperfuls of tincture in water three times a day or six capsules a day) is useful to stimulate the immune system to fight infection.

·         Give Vitamin A (25,000 IU a day) or beta-carotene (50,000 IU a day).

·         Give Vitamin C (1000 mg three times a day).


·         Give Zinc (30 mg a day). 

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